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Veterans Project

Our Veterans - proudly past and present.

 

Gordon Gibbins, Joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1941 at age 17. Trained as a Anti-Submarine Detection Investigation Committee ASDIC (Pinger) or better known as Sonar Operator in later ships. Sailed on HMCS Sans Peur, HMCS Kootenay, D-Day support, HMCS Trentonian, in the Battle of the Atlantic. Gord survived the sinking of HMCS Trentonian on 22 February 1945 protecting a convoy in the North Atlantic.

We just heard Gord crossed the bar May 2, 2018. One of a few of our World War II Veterans. He will be sadly missed by all that the Lindsay Legion. We send our condolences to his family.

  

 

Peter Healey, Joined the Royal Air Force in 1943 at age 19. Trained as a pilot/Navigator/Bomb aimer. Peter then re-mustered to be the tail gunner. One of 7 members in a crew. Flew Wellington 2 engine Bomber, B24 Liberator 4 engine Bomber, and the famous Lancaster 4 engine bomber. Peter saw action over Egypt, Palestine, Israel, Italy, and was preparing to go to Japan when the war ended.

 

 

Douglas Louch, Joined Royal Canadian Navy April 1949.  Was trained as a Communications Operator (Com Ops) Served on HMCS LaHulloise (frigate), HMCS Crescent (destroyer), HMCS Prestoian (frigate), HMCS Chignecto, (Minesweeper). HMCS Iroquois destined for the Korean War. On an operation near Songjin, North Korea, took on enemy fire killing 3 and wounding 10. This was the only casualties to the RCN for the Korean War. Reenlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force 1954 as a Radio Operator. Many postings. Retired form the CAF in December 1975. Lastly Joined the Canadian Coast Guard.

 

 

Philip N Lilly, Joined the Royal Canadian Air Force Police (Military Police) in 1956 until 1966. Philip Lilly, was a teacher, Hospital CEO, and now a snow bird in the winter. Was an active member in the Legions over the years.

 

 

Don Scott, Was in the Royal Canadian Navy as a Marine Engineer (Stoker) He owns a roofing company here in Lindsay.

  

 

Ed Baker, Enlisted in the Army in June 1953. Served with the Royal Canadian Signal Corps with a multitude of different jobs. Honorable discharged in 1956. Ed has been a active member of Sir Sam Hughes Legion Branch 67 and Highland Creek Legion Branch 258 for 35 years.

 

 

Tom Cooke, Joined the Army and fought in Korean War.

   

 

 

 

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HMCS Lindsay

Pulls into dry dock at the Lindsay Legion


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SPECIAL EVENTS REPORT

Come out to our Decorations Day at Riverside Cemetery Lindsay

SPECIAL EVENTS

VIMY DINNER:

The annual Vimy Dinner will be held in the Vimy room Monday (yes Monday) April the 9th. The guest speaker will be the Hon. Col. Armstrong. It is sure to be a good meal, a good chance to sit and enjoy friends and family and hear an interesting speaker. Tickets are available in the office only. Office hours are Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Social hour: 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

Dinner: 6:45 p.m.

Cost: $15.00 per person – Veterans are guests of the branch.

This event was a well turned out event. Our Guest Speaker gave a very knowledgeable with a very solemn and entertaining speech.

Our MC should be congratulated on a job well done. Bravo Zulu.

 

DECORATION DAY:

Decoration Day at Riverside Cemetery will be Sunday June 10th. We will need volunteers to help the cadets and children place flags on the veteran’s gravesites in the morning, and then the ceremony will take place at 1:00 p.m.

Rob McDougall

Special Events Chairman

 

 

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We have a celebrity in our mist.

Howie Johnston, made these two videos in recognition of our veterans. "That`s our Legion President"!!! Ladies and Gentlemen

 

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Poem remembering WW2 Veterans

Submitted by Korean Veteran Cal Callebert.


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History of the Poppy

LIEUTENANT-COLONEL ​JOHN McCRAE and Poem in Flanders Fields

                     

POPPY HISTORY

​​​​Each November, Poppies blossom on the lapels and collars of over half of Canada’s entire population. Since 1921, the Poppy has stood as a symbol of Remembrance, our visual pledge to never forget all those Canadians who have fallen in war and military operations. The Poppy also stands internationally as a “symbol of collective reminiscence”, as other countries have also adopted its image to honour those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

This significance of the Poppy can be traced to international origins.

The association of the Poppy to those who had been killed in war has existed since the Napoleonic Wars in the 19th century, over 110 years before being adopted in Canada. There exists a record from that time of how thickly Poppies grew over the graves of soldiers in the area of Flanders, France. This early connection between the Poppy and battlefield deaths described how fields that were barren before the battles exploded with theblood-red flowers after the fighting ended.

Just prior to the First World War, few Poppies grew in Flanders. During the tremendous bombardments of that war, the chalk soils became rich in lime from rubble, allowing “popaver rhoes” to thrive. When the war ended, the lime was quickly absorbed and the Poppy began to disappear again.

The person who was responsible more than any other for the adoption of the Poppy as a symbol of Remembrance in Canada and the Commonwealth was Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, a Canadian Medical Officer during the First World War.


​​​​​​LIEUTENANT-COLONEL ​JOHN McCRAE

​​​Lt. Col. John McCrae Lieutenant-Colonel McCrae was born on 30 November 1872 in Guelph, Ontario. At age 14, he joined the Highfield Cadet Corps and, three years later, enlisted in the Militia field battery. While attending the University of Toronto Medical School, he was a member of the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada.

With Britain declaring war on Germany on 4 August 1914, Canada’s involvement was automatic. John McCrae was among the first wave of Canadians who enlisted to serve and he was appointed as brigade surgeon to the First Brigade of the Canadian Forces Artillery.

In April 1915, John McCrae was stationed near Ypres, Belgium, the area traditionally called Flanders. It was there, during the Second Battle of Ypres, that some of the fiercest fighting of the First World War occurred. Working from a dressing station on the banks of the Yser Canal, dressing hundreds of wounded soldiers from wave after wave of relentless enemy attack, he observed how “we are weary in body and wearier in mind. The general impression in my mind is of a nightmare.”

In May, 1915, on the day following the death of fellow soldier Lt Alexis Helmer of Ottawa, John McCrae wrote his now famous work, an expression of his anguish over the loss of his friend and a reflection of his surroundings – wild Poppies growing amid simple wooden crosses marking makeshift graves. These 15 lines, written in 20 minutes, captured an exact description of the sights and sounds of the area around him.

Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae left Ypres with these memorable few lines scrawled on a scrap of paper. His words were a poem which started, “In Flanders fields the poppies blow…” Little did he know then that these 15 lines would become enshrined in the innermost thoughts and hearts of all soldiers who hear them. Through his words, the scarlet Poppy quickly became the symbol for soldiers who died in battle.

The poem was first published on 8 December 1915 in England, appearing in “Punch” magazine.

IN FLANDERS FIELD

​​In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

John McCrae

 

POPPY CHAIRMAN - John Sherman

​As part of your oath to join the Legion you are required to participate in the Poppy Campaign. We need everyone to participate as many times as they can to make this a big success. Don’t let a few people do the work of many. All of the stores are a major source of revenue for us.
All the stores need to be manned as much as possible.100% of the time would be great and we can be achieved this if you volunteer more than once.

Sign up boards will be in place in mid October. Sign up where you can and as often as you can. This money is used for Veterans and so many other uses.
Even if you think you volunteered in the past and you don’t have to again... please reconsider as it is your duty to participate.

Just imagine the impact we could make if every member volunteered even 1 hour of their time to our Poppy Campaign. Come out and meet other members in this worth while endeavour. This is our major fundraiser of the year for the Poppy Fund.
John McCrae poem speaks of Flanders fields, but the subject is universal – the fear of the dead that they will be forgotten, that their death will have been in vain. Remembrance, as symbolized by the Poppy, is our eternal answer which belies that fear.

Sadly, Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae died of pneumonia at Wimereux, France on 28 January 1918. He was 45 years old.

THE FLOWER OF REMEMBRANCE
An American teacher, Moina Michael, while working at the YMCA Overseas War Secretaries’ headquarters in New York City in November 1918, read John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Fields”. She immediately made “a personal pledge to keep the faith and vowed always to wear a red poppy of Flanders Fields as a sign of remembrance and as an emblem for keeping the faith with all who died".

Two years later, during a 1920 visit to the United States, a French woman, Madame Guerin, learned of the custom. On her return to France, she decided to use handmade Poppies to raise money for the destitute children in war-torn areas of the country. Following the example of Madame Guerin, the Great War Veterans’ Association in Canada (the predecessor of The Royal Canadian Legion) officially adopted the Poppy as its Flower of Remembrance on 5 July 1921.

Thanks to the millions of Canadians who wear the Legion’s lapel Poppy each November, the little red plant has never died. And neither have Canadian’s memories for 117,000 of their countrymen who died in battle


​​​​A SYMBOL OF UNITY

​​​At 0530 hours on the morning of 9 April 1917, the Battle of Vimy Ridge began, marking an important milestone in our military history. For the next few days, Canadian troops fought relentlessly, braving enemy forces, a heavily-fortified ridge and the weather. This battle was significant; not only was it a resounding success for Canada but, in the words of Brigadier-General A.E. Ross, it marked the “birth of a nation”. No longer would Canada be overshadowed by the military strength of her allies.
​This battle had proven Canada’s ability as a formidable force in the theatre of war.

The bravery, discipline and sacrifice that Canadian troops displayed during those few days are now legendary. The battle represented a memorable unification of our personnel resources as troops from all Canadian military divisions, from all parts of Canada and from all walks of life, joined to collectively overcome the powerful enemy at considerable odds. Our troops united to defeat adversity and ​a military threat to the world.

Now, decades later, Canadians stand united in their Remembrance as they recognize and honour the selfless acts of our troops from all wars.
​We realize that it is because of our war veterans that we exist as a ​proud and free nation.

Today, when people from all parts of Canada and from all walks of life join together in their pledge to never forget, they choose to display this collective reminiscence by wearing a Poppy. They stand united as Canadians sharing a common history of sacrifice and commitment.

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Local Business receives the Poppy Appreciation Award

St Dave`s Dinner receives recognition for their work for the Poppy Campaign

Owner of Local Business receives Poppy Appreciation Award for their work assisting the Legion Poppy Campaign.

St Dave`s has been a great supporter of the Lindsay Legion and has been recognized by the Poppy Chairman Comrade John Sherman below and owner Dave.

We caught Dave off guard with this presentation. Many thanks to him and his staff for their great support.

Dave`s Dinner has historically always bought all Veterans breakfast if they showed up at his restaurant in uniform on November 11 morning before the Remembrance Day Service.

The Legion thanks you and your staff for your support by this small token of their appreciation. Bravo Zulu!!!

 

 

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Royal Canadian Legion Colour Party & Sergent-at-Arms

Colour Parties lead Legion Parades, play a prominent role in Remembrance Ceremonies and opening Legion meetings and Conventions

Colour Parties lead Legion Parades, play a prominent role in Remembrance Ceremonies and open Legion meetings and Conventions. ​They command attention and remind us all
​of the Legion’s commitment to Canada's Veterans.

The Royal Canadian Legion has a long history of loyalty and community service, and one of the most visible signs of that is the presence of Colour Parties at most Legion events from the Branch level up to and including Dominion Command.
​Members of the Colour ​Party wear full Legion Dress and carry a set of flags that represent the Legion and the principles on which the Legion is founded.​​

 

Sergent-at-Arms for Sir Sam Hughes Branch 67 Royal Canadian Legion. Comrade Dave St Denis.

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Seasonal Sharing Basket with the Veterans

At Canadian Forces Base Borden,

The Lindsay Legion donating $1000.00 towards the Seasonal Sharing Basket to Veterans at Canadian Forces Base Borden.  

Once again the Lindsay Legion helping Canadian Armed Forces Veterans in this festive season.

 

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Remembrance Honours & Awards Dinner

Come out & have a great evening honouring our Veterans & Legion members


 

Our Special Events Chair Comrade Rob McDougall would like to thanks all who helped out with the Honours and Awards Dinner. Congratulations to all the recipients. Especially Comrade Howie Johnston for receiving the Life Membership. Also Comrade Hank Oppors for receiving the Legionnaire of the Year Award.

Howie Johnston receiving his Legion Life Membership.

Hank Oppors receiving the Legionnaire of the Year award

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Increase in Benefits from Veterans Affairs Canada

Important information for our Veterans ( Please read )

 Veterans receiving benefits from Veterans Affairs Canada can receive this increase they are entitled to.

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SERVING OUR VETERANS

Of Sir Sam Hughes Branch 67 Royal Canadian Legion
The Last Post Fund’s primary mandate is to deliver the Veterans Affairs Canada Funeral and Burial Program which provides funeral, burial and grave marking benefits for eligible Canadian and Allied Veterans. Its mission is to ensure that no Veteran is denied a dignified funeral and burial, as well as a military gravestone, due to insufficient funds at time of death.
In addition to delivering the Funeral and Burial Program, the Last Post Fund supports other initiatives designed to honour the memory of Canadian and Allied Veterans. It owns and manages its own military cemetery, the National Field of Honour. Moreover, the Last Post Fund has created the Unmarked Grave Program which is meant to provide military markers for unmarked Veterans’ graves.
Another option available to Veterans is interment in the National Military Cemetery in Ottawa. One immediate family member may also be interred in the same plot. Please consult this link for further information or telephone 1-800-883-6094 or 1-866-990-9530.
The Last Post Fund is supported financially by Veterans Affairs Canada and by private donations. They can be contacted at 1-800-465-7113 or info@lastpost.ca.
 

The Legion Service Bureau Network serves Veterans, members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), RCMP, and their families by representing their interests with Veterans Affairs Canada and the Veterans Review and Appeal Board for disability benefits under the Pension Act or the New Veterans Charter. The Legion’s professional Command Service Officers are mandated by legislation to provide representation, advocacy and financial assistance free of charge, Legion member or not. 7000+ affordable housing units owned by the Legion for Veterans and their families.

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